The Norfolk countryside is shaking off its sleepy image - by becoming a rock 'n' roll retreat. Glam rock guitarist, Dan Hawkins, of The Darkness has just made his home in the Wymondham area.
David Warner of Warners Estate Agents said he isn't surprised as there's plenty of pukka property to choose from.
“Probably we’d be looking for somewhere with a bit of seclusion, something with good access and transport links. Wymondham and around would support that because we’re very close to the A-11," he said.
|Dan Hawkins has moved to Norfolk|
"They’d look for a smaller, quieter village and Norfolk people by their own nature, keep themselves to themselves and that would work very well with somebody who has a hectic lifestyle and just wants to keep home and chill out."
"Somewhere where they can make as much noise as they like, so something that’s not too isolated, but private,” he added.
The Darkness aren't the first famous faces to adopt Norfolk as their home. Formula one drivers like Mika Hakanan, actor Martin Shaw, from Judge John Deed and pop singer, Dido are all rumoured to have homes here.
David Warner said stars tend to have specific criteria when they're house hunting.
"This really is a bit of a quiet backwater… but the property round here is second to none. There’s some very good basic property to work from - a lot of it is solid, farmhouse style properties, yet they have the space,” he added.
The band's distinctive dress sense might be shocking to some local residents but it may also mean they call on the services of local shop keepers.
The Darkness should have no trouble getting kitted out with catsuits and if their new home needs any nick-nacks, Killed the Cat, a very rock 'n' roll sounding shop should be able to help.
“We have some bright orange fabric and there’s some glittery net. We have got some spandex and we’ve got some more coming in next week. We’ve got ostrich feathers and fur leopard print and some stretchy leopard prints,” said shop owner, Sue.
Justin and Dan Hawkin's mum, Sandy has confirmed the rumours are true which means that Norfolk now officially rocks.